— Published 9 June 2021

Media will be tracked


The organisers of the Tokyo Games have made no secret of the fact that media representatives accredited to the Olympic and Paralympic event are, according to them, a high-risk population in terms of compliance with sanitary regulations. Toshiro Muto, the director general of the organising committee, explained this week that foreign journalists attending the Games could be tracked by GPS to ensure that they comply with sanitary regulations. As well as being tested twice before travelling to Japan and again on arrival, they will be monitored regularly for the first 14 days of their stay in Tokyo. They will have to put their commitment to abide by the rules in writing. “In case of violation, we will apply strict measures, such as suspension or withdrawal of accreditation,” explained Toshiro Muto. “There even is a procedure for expulsion.” The managing director of the organising committee warns, “We can use the GPS in their phones to check if they stay in the authorised areas. But after the first 14 days they will be able to engage in normal activity and media coverage.” According to the latest figures from the organisers, 70,090 people from abroad will be accredited, including 3,000 from the Olympic family, 14,800 from National Olympic Committees, 4,500 from international federations, 5,500 from the media, and more than 16,000 from television stations and OBS, the IOC’s official broadcaster in charge of producing images of the Games.